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Light-rail line opens in Seattle

SEATTLE — A new light-rail line opened Saturday in Seattle.

The 13.9-mile Link route between downtown Seattle and the south Seattle suburb of Tukwila inaugurated the service with free rides for its first two days of operation.

Sound Transit officials planned for as many as 50,000 riders Saturday, with police, transit staff and volunteers working on crowd control and communications.

A dozen two-car trains were ready to run at 7½-minute intervals. Two more trains were in reserve, along with seven other rail cars that also could be used on the line.

Two killed in plane crash

SANTA CLARITA, Calif. — Authorities say two people were killed in the crash of an experimental airplane in northern Los Angeles County.

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor said the single-engine Lancair crashed Saturday in a farming community in Santa Clarita.

Both people on board were killed. Their identities were not immediately known.

It was unclear where the plane’s flight originated or where it was headed.

Mr. Gregor said the home-built aircraft is registered to an Encino resident. Officials wouldn’t release the plane’s tail number until family members were notified.

The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the cause of the crash.

From wire dispatches and staff reports